Download E-books Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic PDF

By Emma Wilby

This e-book examines the folkloric roots of typical lore in early glossy Britain from old, anthropological, and comparative spiritual views. It argues that ideals approximately witches' familiars have been rooted in ideals surrounding using fairy familiars by way of beneficent magical practitioners or "cunning folk," and corroborates this via a comparative research of known ideals present in conventional local American and Siberian shamanism. the writer then is going directly to discover the experiential measurement of primary lore by way of drawing parallels among early sleek known encounters and visionary mysticism because it seems in either tribal shamanism and medieval ecu contemplative traditions. those views problem the reductionist view of well known magic in early sleek Britain frequently offered by means of historians

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Download E-books Kali Kaula - A Manual of Tantric Magick PDF

Kali Kaula is a realistic and experiential trip in the course of the land of dwelling magical artwork that's Tantra, guided by means of the incisive, encouraged and multi-talented fingers of Jan Fries. via stripping away the fantasies and exploring the roots, vegetation and end result of Tantra, the writer offers an outstandingly powerful and coherent guide of practices. Acknowledging the large range of Tantric fabric produced over the centuries, Jan Fries attracts on numerous a long time of study and adventure and specializes in the early traditions of Kula, Kaula and Krama, and the result's this inimitable paintings which shines with the sunshine of threat. specified popular and content material, this publication is greater than a handbook of tantric magick, it's a consultant to the exploration of the internal soul. It comprises the main lucid discussions of ways to accomplish liberation within the corporation of various Indian goddesses and gods, each one of whom brings their very own classes and presents to the devoted seeker. it's also an eloquent advent to the mysteries of the nice goddess Kali, delivering a variety of perspectives of her manifold nature, and displaying the sizeable yet hidden position performed all through background by means of ladies within the improvement and dissemination of tantric practices and ideology. Jan Fries explores the spectrum of suggestions from mudra to mantra, pranayama to puja, from kundalini arousal to purification to sexual rites, and makes them either available and proper, translating them out of the Twilight Language of previous texts and surroundings them within the context of either own transformation and the ancient evolution of traditions. the internet of connections among Tantra and chinese language Alchemy and Taoism are explored because the writer weaves jointly a number of the formerly disparate strands of philosophies and practices. This publication demanding situations the reader to dream, pride, and enhance, and offers an illustrated guidebook on find out how to accomplish that. Bliss awaits those that dare.

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Download E-books Terrestrial Astrology: Divination by Geomancy PDF

By Stephen Skinner

This e-book is anxious with divinatory geomancy, a strategy utilizing 16 figures composed of dots to predict the long run. This was once initially performed through marking the earth (geo-), frequently sand, at random with a stick or throwing pebbles, nuts, or seeds haphazardly, and later via writing traces of dots on paper. The higher a part of the publication bargains with the heritage of this artwork, and there are notes and a bibliography. approximately seventy pages clarify the perform that is in accordance with rules just like these of the chinese language I Ching. The Greek resources suggest through "geomancy" looking at cracks within the earth instead of developing probability styles on oneself. pushing aside Persia, India, and Palestine with stable purposes because the nation of beginning, the writer concludes that the Arabs have been the 1st to perform the artwork. From Arabia it unfold via North Africa to the Sahara; moment, through the purple Sea and the Indian Ocean to Madagascar; 3rd through Mislim Spain to the remainder of Europe.

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